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Tales and Popular Fictions; Their Resemblance, and Transmission from Country to Country free pdf This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...as a picture of ideal manners and sentiments, and of an ideal state of society, --all as remote from anything that the real world has ever presented, as are those in the Arcadia of Sir Philip Sidney. i His Giantship was not so clever as the Nis who flung the boy nver the house. See Fairy Mythology, i. 233. One of the most beautiful poems of the Ossian of the eighteenth century is that named Carthon, founded on the Irish tale which we have just been considering. A comparison of it with the original tale will, I think, give a very favourable idea of Macpherson's genius, who could raise so noble a structure on so slight a foundation. The imitations of the Bible, the Classics, and the English poets, which it contains, have been pointed out by Laing, and are not now to be denied '. It is a striking instance of the power of confident assertion to observe, that though, as I have remarked, the usual tendency of the human mind is to infer imitation where it finds similarity, when Macpherson had the hardihood to give at times in his Notes the very passages he was imitating, as mere coincidences, he was believed, and his numerous tacit imitations were allowed to pass without examination. It is quite certain that Macpherson could not have had any knowledge of the story of Soohrab, as no part of the Shah-Nameh had been translated anterior to 1762, the year in which his Carthon first appeared 2. It is therefore curious to find that in one or two of the places in which he departs from his original, he chances to coincide with Ferdousee. Thus in the Irish poem it is the son who refuses to tell his name- in the Shah-Nameh it is the father- and it is the father also in Ossian. Again, in the Irish poem, Cuchullin kills his son with his spear in fair and open..

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Author : Thomas Keightley
Publisher : Theclassics.Us
Data Published : 12 September 2013
ISBN : 1230292365
EAN : 9781230292366
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 84 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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